The Tuskegee Airmen: 5 Fascinating Facts: 1. The Tuskegee airmen once shot down three German jets in a single day. 2. Thurgood Marshall, the future Supreme Court justice, got his start defending Tuskegee bomber trainees. 3. The Airmen might have never gotten off the ground without Eleanor Roosevelt’s help. 4. A former Tuskegee airman almost shot the late Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi in a showdown outside of Tripoli in 1970. 5. Three Tuskegee airmen went on to become generals.
March 19, 1941 – The Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-African American unit of the United States Army Air Corps, was activated. I have met some of the surviving crew of the Tuskegee Airmen and have shook their hands/thanked them. It was amazing.